Its ugly but it works great

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Project by deeman posted 05-14-2013 02:33 AM 2620 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Emptying my shop vac was a chore I hated, and so I didn’t use it much. I saw on you tube some one used a traffic cone to make a cyclone. I bummed a mikes hard lemonade traffic cone from a friend and made one. I didn’t have much faith it would work untill I tried it. I cleaned the whole garage and it worked like a champ. I had made six bowls last week and tons of shavings. I am well pleased with it and now my shop should be cleaner.

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 02:38 AM

If it works, its all good Dennis. Maybe the good folks at Mikes should throw a few bucks your way…for the advertising, gonna be a lot of folks looking at this. Great job Sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Tammy Ansley

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 03:51 AM

It works…thats all that matters! I could use one of these!

-- I have no idea what I'm doing....but doing it anyway :)

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 11:36 AM

That took some engineering. Looks good. What is the purpose of the hinged lid above the cone? I’ve been thinking of making one too.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 01:55 PM

What is the purpose of the hinged lid above the cone?

To empty the bucket, you have to remove the cyclone from the top of the bucket, hence the hinged lid.

Nice job – glad it works well for you!

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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Shawn Masterson

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 05:59 PM

anything with a cone shape will work for a cyclone as long as it will take the suction. nice build

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 07:32 PM


I know where there is a stray traffic cone, am going to make one of these, and the cart too!

-- Derec

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 09:51 PM

me thinks it is BEAUTIFUL !! well done BUD

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 05-14-2013 11:40 PM

Figuring out how to fix a problem with the materials you have at hand is where the fun is. Cool fixture.

-- Dave K.

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#9 posted 05-14-2013 11:58 PM

Looks good to me.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 05-15-2013 12:33 AM

No way, no how, not even close to ugly…. Nicely done. Gr8 recycle on that Mikes Lemonade….. now I’m thirsty fer some reason

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 05-15-2013 03:06 AM

Holy crap! I never knew this existed!

I work with hand tools and usually just sweep up into a cardboard box because my shop-vac bag would get filled up so quickly. I just recently rehabbed an old Beaver bandsaw, so this should work perfectly with it.


-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#12 posted 05-16-2013 02:37 AM

It works that’s what counts.

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#13 posted 05-26-2013 10:01 PM

nice one!

one more photo from the other side where the pipe meet the cone can be useful

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